Jane Hill in 2011
|Born||Jane Amanda Hill
10 June 1969
Eastbourne, East Sussex, England
|Occupation||Journalist, Presenter, Newsreader|
|Notable credit(s)||BBC News|
Jane Amanda Hill (born 10 June 1969 in Eastbourne, East Sussex) is an English newsreader working for the BBC. She is one of the main presenters on the BBC News Channel, the corporation's 24-hour rolling news service, and is a relief anchor for the BBC News at One, as well as regularly presenting the BBC Weekend News. She also occasionally presents The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 and is currently presenting BBC News at Five on Fridays on the BBC News Channel which includes The Film Review.
Hill was born on 10 June 1969, the same day in the same hospital as former BBC Weather presenter Helen Young, in Crawley, West Sussex. She was raised in London. She was educated at Micklefield School in East Sussex. She went on to study politics at Queen Mary College, University of London and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree.
She worked part-time for local BBC Radio in paid and voluntary positions from 1986 to 1991. Her first job was at a local radio station as a junior music correspondent, but she knew little about the local indie bands. After graduating, she worked at the Democratic National Headquarters in Washington DC. She joined the BBC full-time at the end of 1991.
After completing the BBC journalism training programme, Hill joined BBC Radio 5 Live at the station's launch, remaining there as a producer for 18 months. She moved into television following completion of the BBC Regional News Trainee Scheme. She went on to join BBC Radio Berkshire and South Today as a presenter, before moving later to national news.
When BBC News launched its new 24-hour channel in November 1997, Hill joined, and was originally an overnight presenter, also appearing on the channel's international counterpart BBC World News during the simulcast between the two channels. During her time with BBC News, she has presented coverage of a wide range of stories and events, including a week of special programmes from Washington DC in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. She also went on to present live coverage on BBC News and BBC World News of the first anniversary commemorations at Ground Zero in New York City.
She presented numerous special programmes on BBC One and BBC Two during the war in Iraq, and in December 2003, on the day US forces captured Saddam Hussein, she broadcast for nearly eight hours continuously on both terrestrial channels, BBC News, and BBC World News.
Hill led the local reporting in Portugal in 2007, for the BBC's coverage of the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Flying to Portugal the day the news broke, she spent much of May there, and conducted the BBC’s first interview with Kate and Gerry McCann. She returned to the Algarve for all the major developments in the story, and made a half-hour documentary about the case at the end of that year.
From April 2006 until August 2014, she presented alongside Matthew Amroliwala between 11:00 and 14:00 until they moved to between 14:00 and 17:00 in March 2013. She now presents the shift Tuesday to Friday with Simon McCoy. Previously, she presented with Chris Eakin from 19:00 to 22:00 on Monday to Thursday evenings. Hill also presents news bulletins on BBC One, and in the past has made occasional appearances presenting BBC Breakfast. She is an occasional relief presenter for the BBC Weekend News on BBC One.
In 2016, Hill appeared at the end of the episodes of No Such Thing as the News for a series of brief comic sketches.
Hill is a member of the British-American Project, an organisation which exists to promote Anglo-American relations. The organisation has been criticised for its links to the military establishment and neocon politicians.
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